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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:34 
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Watching it also made me feel very old...I''m clearly not in my mid-twenties any more.


Dude, you're a politics geek who re-enacts historical battles for fun. I think you've always been old.

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:43 
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If you don't mind me asking, when did you come out, Kern?


In Myp's manly hug thread back in November 2015 :)

But seriously (and probably worth a longer post on its own in the members' only area), other than some awkward experiments at university in the early 2000s, in early 2013 I realised that some feelings and issues I'd put in a box and locked away couldn't stay there for ever and had to be dealt with. I don't really like labels or believe that one's sexuality can be categorised or is fixed for all time but I do know that I like the male form (especially certain Scottish rugby captains) in ways I don't with the female form.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:44 
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I think you've always been old.


Hey, I had a teenage rebellion and shaved all my hair off once. When I was 32.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:51 
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Those Scottish Rugby captains have turned many a head, so I've heard :)


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:52 
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Kern wrote:
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I think you've always been old.

Hey, I had a teenage rebellion and shaved all my hair off once. When I was 32.

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
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Nothing to do with TV or sexuality, or rugby, but Kern, you're genuinely one of the funniest, cleverest and most likeable people I've ever met, and one of the main reasons I still read on here. I keep meaning to say that, and never do. But today I did!

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
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Grim... wrote:
Speaking of Radio shows, my little brother-in-law wrote a play that's going to be on The Afternoon Play on R4 soon.

I should find out when.

Turns out it's on Monday:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08y016m

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:50 
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Nothing to do with TV or sexuality, or rugby, but Kern, you're genuinely one of the funniest, cleverest and most likeable people I've ever met, and one of the main reasons I still read on here. I keep meaning to say that, and never do. But today I did!

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You're an entertaining voice of reason in this purile escape pod.

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Mimi wrote:
Nothing to do with TV or sexuality, or rugby, but Kern, you're genuinely one of the funniest, cleverest and most likeable people I've ever met, and one of the main reasons I still read on here. I keep meaning to say that, and never do. But today I did!

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You're an entertaining voice of reason in this purile escape pod.


My favourite Kern moment was at the Cottage last year when he had to ignore Malia and Lonewolves during the card game. Brilliantly done!


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:24 
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Never quite sure if radio should go into the podcast thread as most things are available that way these days or on this thread, but I don't really care.

Anyway, I had the radio on last night whilst reading, drinking, and generally avoiding housework, when that evening's Prom came on. Unusually, the first half hour or so was a short and accessible dissection of Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony, pulling out key themes and showing how the melodies and rhythm etc are all spun together. I certainly found that there was much I'd never picked up on before and when they played the symphony in the second half it was fun picking out the things discussed in this. It ended by showing the overlaps between Richard Strauss's 'Metamorphosen' (one of my favourite pieces of work; more or less his reaction to the destruction of Germany at the end of WW2) and the symphony, playing an excerpt from both at the same time that worked really well. They then played 'Metamorphosen' in full.

The interval programme was a short selection of readings from people alive at the time of Napoleon (who Beethoven originally dedicated the symphony to, before expunging him in rage after Boney thought 'what the hell' and crowned himself Emperor), taking in Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and Goethe amongst others. It complemented the programme very well, like a good port with cheese.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 18:17 
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'The Mash Report': or, 'The Daily Show with Nish Kumar'.

I like Nish Kumar. His appearances on the revamped 'Bugle' are always very funny and he has an infectious laugh. His bits behind the desk are as good as on that renowned audio newspaper, although the 'funny picture behind him of him doing a funny facial expression' gets old fast, and I didn't care much for the poo gag. He's good at doing a monologue, and seldom did a joke fall flat.

I didn't care much for the recurring mock newsdesk segments, which, other than a bit about a Megabus, were generally going for the too obvious jokes and falling for the 'Now Show' problem of someone saying something funny before cutting to a clip where the exact same funny thing is said again. Also, the sexy lady newsreader and gruff male newsreader doubleact has only ever been done well by Globelink and ought to be laid to rest. Better was the social media correspondent reading out viewers' tweets that was far funnier and a modern revamp of 'Speak your Brains'.

The standout segments were the interview with the token Tory and the piece by Andrew Hunter-Murray (of 'No such thing as a fish' fame) on religion, both of which had me laughing out loud and worth the admission fee.

Will I watch again? Probably, if there's nothing else on, and I remember about it.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 20:50 
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Kern wrote:

Will I watch again? Probably, if there's nothing else on, and I remember about it.


That about sums it up for me too. I don't think it works as well as the website, but it was watchable enough.

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
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I've only experienced Nish Kumar doing guest spots on other shows (like The Now Show) during which he's utterly insufferable and about as funny as cancer.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 22:50 
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I thought it was dreadful, weak and amateurish. It looked like the audience had been told they'd be whipped if they didn't vigorously applaud and /or laugh hysterically at every utterance.

I definitely WON'T be watching it again.

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:49 
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I watched half of The Mash report last night and had to turn it off because it appeared to be Nish Kumar trying as hard as he possibly could to be John Oliver.

The mannerisms, the inflections and the construction of the monologues was like watching Last Week Tonight, only nowhere near as good.

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
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I had it on at the hotel last week, gave up after about 15 minutes, if that, and played Hearthstone on my Shield instead.

It might have worked better without the constant hysterical laughter, and maybe no studio audience.

I like Nish Kumar well enough in other things, but this was just bad.

The programme seems to me like an answer to a question no one was asking. Ever.

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
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'Two Types: The Faces of Britain'

A look at the history and future of two popular sans-serif fonts typefaces: Johnston (of Underground fame) and Gill Sans (of BBC logo and notorious kiddy-fiddling fame).

Perhaps 10 minutes too long, but full of retro-Tube porn and other archive clips, as well as being open about Eric Gill's life, and enjoyable enough.


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Secrets of Silicon Valley on the Beeb tonight. Fascinating to see how the likes of Uber and Airbnb started out with best intentions, only to find the very people they're trying to help can end up poorer or even suicidal owing to the way their businesses develop.

Then you have Sam Altman saying we'll be able to afford to pay people not to work when automation takes over all jobs, and believing that we'll be happy to live that way, and Jeremy Howard who thinks that we are heading for a dystopian future if we don't address the issues raised by the development of Artificial Intelligence.

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Finished the last episode of the last season of THE THICK OF IT last night. I now feel bereft.

Quite possibly one of the finest things I've ever watched on telly.

I might rewatch all of The Day Today and Brasseye.

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You know, I've spent ten years detoxifying this party. It's been a bit like renovating an old, old house, yeah? You can take out a sexist beam here, a callous window there, replace the odd homophobic roof tile. But after a while you realise that this renovation is doomed. Because the foundations are built on what I can only describe as a solid bed of cunts.


Was reminded of this excellent Pooh Tucker thing today. And was subsequently reminded of the excellent quote above.

Good times.


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Was reminded of this excellent Pooh Tucker thing today.


That's glorious.


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Done a bit of a cry at my desk at some of those. Superb.

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Been watching 'The Fall' on Amazon these past few evenings. Enjoyed the first two seasons, once I got used to the slowish pace of it all and the terrible subtitling in season two. Got to the end of season two only to find that season three isn't included in Prime and has to be paid for separately. Gits.

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devilman wrote:
Been watching 'The Fall' on Amazon these past few evenings. Enjoyed the first two seasons, once I got used to the slowish pace of it all and the terrible subtitling in season two. Got to the end of season two only to find that season three isn't included in Prime and has to be paid for separately. Gits.


You're missing nothing, third series was a waste of time.


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Grim..., last October, wrote:
Taskmaster on Dave is rather good.


Now that 'Dave' is on Freesat I finally watched an episode of this. Very funny and cleverly done. Will have to try to catch some more.


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I was enjoying watching the replacement in my you view box last night and in my eagerness to free up space and delete the ep I'd Just watched, I accidentally deleted the finale. It's no longer on iPlayer. Where can one procure such things these days? I'm terribly out of the loop. I have a feeling I may have asked this question before but can't find the thread.


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Mrs. W and I have been enjoying Strike on the Beeb. There's some nice chemistry between Cormoran Strike and his temp secretary, Robin.

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Did anyone else see 'Back'? It's like Peep Show... Only.. Well, kind of exactly like Peep Show.

Very funny I thought!


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Ah, thanks for the reminder. I'll check the schedules to see if it's repeated and set the DVR up accordingly. I know it's on All4, but that service is the Itunes of catch-up systems.


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